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Life and Work with Katelyn Gast

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katelyn Gast.

Katelyn, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a Real Estate Agent that specializes in Apartment Locating, and also a Flight Attendant. I truly love helping people find their next home and being a guide to Dallas – Fort Worth and the cities in between. Flying gives me flexibility and killer travel benefits, plus I like to work trips that layover where my friends and family live. Getting paid to have a reunion with loved ones is the best job perk ever.

My journey began when I applied to be a flight attendant as an excuse to avoid a stuffy office job and the opportunity to relocate to a new city. I wanted a change of scenery and a fresh start. I lived my entire life devoted to avoiding the 9-5 grind, but mind you, I’m a workaholic and basically have a 24/7 grind now. At the time I applied, I was in a rut and wasn’t sure what my professional goals and outlook were. My biggest accomplishments were a knitting Etsy shop, where I sold one item, and making my way from kitchen line to bartender at a couple dives in Oakland, CA. Thankfully, I got the job to be a flight attendant and got based in DFW. After relocating to Dallas, and flying for a couple of years, I was physically drained, unstimulated, bored, and I almost quit multiple times. Not wanting to ditch my flight benefits and flexibility to take a vacation every month, I was on the hunt for a solid side gig to mesh with flying.

I feel super fortunate to have found an opportunity to work for an apartment locating company in Dallas. I dove straight into the real estate world by knocking out the classes and studying my butt off to pass the exams. Long story short, real estate become my full-time career and flying has become my second gig. I am now working for The Realm Agency, a team I’m so proud to be alongside. Helping people find their next home was exactly the challenge I needed, and what’s even better is that it’s also rewarding and fulfilling. I fly a few times a month, but I do real estate every day. Both jobs combined are the perfect fit for my personality.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Real Estate is never a smooth road, there will always be challenges, tough clients, and losses. Every client that I’ve lost, I’ve learned from. I reflect on how I can refine my process and expertise in the market through my experiences with them. A loss, failure, or mistake isn’t negative if you can understand how to improve going forward.

On the other hand, being a flight attendant is grueling on your body and mental health. Balancing both schedules can be very exhausting and stressful. I work on layovers when I’m completely exhausted, take calls when I’m walking between flights through the terminal, and tour with clients after I’ve already worked a 10 hour day of flying. I am constantly juggling two unpredictable schedules while both roles require me to keep a level head and face the public with assurance and patients.

In order for me to thrive and handle the stress of these two worlds, I have to prioritize my health, both mental and physical. The best thing I do for myself that keeps me balanced is hot yoga. Without dedication to this practice, things start to crumble. As a dual career woman, my advice for everyone is to take care of yourself. Find one thing that keeps you grounded that you can escape to for rejuvenation. In addition, say yes to opportunities, even if they don’t seem on your path. Flying and real estate were both careers I never dreamt of doing before saying yes to an opportunity. Don’t be scared of the unknown, be bold with your endeavors and you will reap the rewards like I am now.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with your business – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in apartment locating and have the goal to grow my business into residential real estate next year. I work for The Realm Agency, a start-up in the DFW real estate world. We stand out in a crowded field by providing stellar customer service and building lasting relationships. When I’m not working with clients locally in the Metroplex, I’m staying connected at 37,000 ft and wherever my layovers take me. I’m addicted to my screen and providing the best service to my clients no matter where I am.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
My parents took my sisters and I traveling abroad at a young age and I studied abroad in Florence, Italy in college. Perhaps the exposure to other cultures and ways of life early in my upbringing played a roll in my career because the idea of going to an office every day seemed boring. I saw how rich and diverse life was and didn’t want to be confined to a cubicle.

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